Eid Spread Recipe: Kunafa


This show-stopping dessert is made with crispy kataifi dough, salty akawie cheese and gooey ricotta, then soaked in a rose water syrup for a sweet and floral finishing touch. Be sure to let the kunafa cool to room temperature before slicing – this makes it easier to slice and gives the pastry time to soak up the syrup.


  • 500 g akawie cheese
  • 1 pkg (454 g) frozen Arz Fine Foods Kataifi Shredded Dough, thawed
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) ricotta cheese
  • 1-½ cups (375 mL) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Arz Fine Foods Rose Water
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) raw unsalted shelled pistachios, chopped


  1. Place akawie cheese in large bowl; add enough cold water to cover. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; refrigerate 6 to 12 hours, changing water at least once. Drain; rinse well. Pat dry. Finely grate akawie cheese on small holes of box grater; set aside.
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  1. Place kataifi in separate large bowl; using fingers, separate and loosen strands. Drizzle with butter; toss to coat. Transfer half of the kataifi to greased 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pan with 2-inch (5 cm) high sides, pressing gently into bottom of pan.
  1. Sprinkle akawie cheese over top, spreading evenly. Spread ricotta evenly over top. Add remaining kataifi, spreading evenly and pressing gently into pan. Bake until golden, 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool on rack 10 minutes.
  1. Meanwhile, bring sugar, lemon juice and 1 cup water to a boil in small saucepan. Reduce heat to a simmer; cook until thick and syrupy, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature. Stir in rose water. Set aside.
  1. Run thin knife around edge of pastry to release from pan. Invert serving platter over top of pastry; turn pan upside down onto platter. Carefully lift away pan. Sprinkle pastry with pistachios. Drizzle three-quarters of the sugar mixture over top. Let stand until absorbed, about 15 minutes. Drizzle with remaining sugar mixture. Let cool to room temperature before slicing.

Chef’s Tip: Akawie cheese is brined, so it’s quite salty. Soaking the cheese in water helps to remove some of the salt; the longer you soak it, the less salty the kunafa will be.

Makes 12 servings.  

Per serving: 481 calories, fat 25 g (14 g of which is saturated), sodium 556 mg, carbohydrate 57 g, fibre 0 g, sugars 27 g, protein 9 g


This post was sponsored by Real Canadian Suprestore


By: June 21, 2017

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